Rising star Olaigbe gave Lavia advice ahead of Saints move

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Kazeem Olaigbe during the EFL Trophy match at the PTS Academy Stadium, Northampton..
Kazeem Olaigbe during the EFL Trophy match at the PTS Academy Stadium, Northampton..

NEW Saints midfielder Romeo Lavia revealed how he had consulted with B team star Kazeem Olaigbe about the club, ahead of his move from Manchester City.

Lavia, 18, on Wednesday finalised a deal to join Saints from the Citizens for a reported initial £10.5million.

He signed a five-year deal with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, as he becomes their fourth first-team summer signing.

Lavia is a Belgium under-21 international, making his debut in a 0-0 draw with Scotland in June.

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Prior to that, he was a key player for the under-19 team and even captained them against Italy in his final appearance.

Lavia played nine times for the under-19 group, a number of those alongside Saints youngster Olaigbe – who is now on loan at Ross County having signed a fresh deal at Saints in February.

“I spoke to Kazeem especially, because I grew up with him,” Lavia told the club website.

“I spoke to him about how it was here at the club and he gave me good advice on where to live, how it is here. From there, I was really pleased.

“It’s good to start as early as possible, so you can get to know the players, the staff, get used to the facilities and create a good chemistry to get on and do something nice together.”

Lavia came through the ranks at Anderlecht in his homeland from the age of eight, before joining City as a 16-year-old.

He featured for Pep Guardiola’s side in the League Cup and FA Cup last season, but believes he is now ready to play in the Premier League.

He said: “I think it’s just the next step for me.

“I feel like it is the right moment for me to go and play and show what I can do."

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